Thomas Tuchel set to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid manager: report
Thomas Tuchel is learning Spanish ahead of becoming Real Madrid manager this summer
Real Madrid are lining Thomas Tuchel up as the man to replace Carlo Ancelotti this summer.
That's according to one report that says that the German is high on the list to replace Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu. Both managers have been in charge of Chelsea, too, who Los Blancos drew in the Champions League quarter-finals, today.
So could Real Madrid replace the last coach to win the Champions League with the one to win it before him?
Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly learning Spanish, ahead of securing the Real Madrid job in the summer after Carlo Ancelotti leaves
That's according to SportBILD, who says that Tuchel is ready to become the manager of the 14-time European champions – despite interest from other places.
The German has been out of work since the start of the season, when he was sacked by Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge following an average start to the campaign. Since then, his name hasn't been out of the gossip column.
Most often touted have been Tottenham Hotspur, enduring a drab season under another former Chelsea man, Antonio Conte. Plenty of signs point to Spurs re-hiring Mauricio Pochettino, however, while Tuchel may be underwhelmed with the options available in the squad at Spurs. Bayern Munich are also said to be keeping tabs on the former Borussia Dortmund manager, with Julian Nagelsmann not fully convincing the Allianz Arena bosses so far.
Then there's Paris Saint-Germain, who are almost certainly going to part with Christophe Galtier at the end of the season following a fifth Champions League last-16 exit in seven. Tuchel's time in Paris ended somewhat acrimoniously apparently – though he has been mentioned as a potential option to return to the Parc Des Princes.
At Real Madrid, Tuchel may be under scrutiny for his style of play, which was criticised at Chelsea, despite huge success. His record in finals would also be a talking point: though he won the Champions League with Chelsea, he also lost the FA Cup final twice and League Cup final in his time in west London.
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he will retire when his time at Real Madrid comes to an end.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.
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